Cleaning just got easier — and maybe a little more enjoyable?
Most modern homeowners are too busy to sit around in coffee klatches sharing cleaning secrets, so TODAY is hosting a virtual get together right here with two cleanup experts, Jan M. Dougherty and Beth McGee, who both operated their own cleaning industries for decades.
Pay attention as they share their tricks of the trade so you can go pro in your next home cleaning session.
Keep your cleaning equipment where you want to use them.
“Not only the cleaning products, which everyone has under every sink but the rags as well!” adds Dougherty, writer of “The Lost Art of Housecleaning.” “You can’t accomplish anything with the product if you don’t have the rags to do the job!”
Simplify your products.
If you need a different product for every piece in every area of your house, it’s not efficient, mentions Dougherty, who only applies three products to remove grime and grease from virtually every surface.
Stock up on rubber gloves and microfiber cloths.
“Rubber gloves help you maneuver around your icky cleaning duties uninhibited,” says McGee, writer of “Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master.” “Microfiber cloths work for most tasks, ranging from kitchen and bathroom to dusting.” . shark rotator nv752
Tune up the music — to the max!
“Kept on something that induces you to move, something that makes your heart beats fast,” Dougherty says. “It should be loud enough to hear above the vacuum’s hum.”
Don’t delay cleaning your showers and bathtubs.
“Do this task at a minimum every other week to make it easier and less painful,” suggests McGee. “Use a product that you’re sure will work best on your surfaces, armed with a microfiber cloth. It encompasses more range, more effectively, in less period.”
Only clean when there’s a lot of light.
“Open the drapes, blinds, and shades or turn on all the light bulbs,” Dougherty says. “All cleanup should be finished by 3 p.m. because after that time, the light begins to fade out and you don’t see the grime as clearly as you did at 10 a.m.”
Don’t get too immersed in picking up clutter.
“Until you are able to invest a day organizing your clutter, find a solution,” McGee says. “Tidy up your pile of mail and magazines. And then, clean the area under and around the pile. After that, move on. Schedule a separate time to tackle your clutter and maintain a practice of keeping it under control.”
Follow a cleanup “route.
” Dougherty always cleans from top to bottom, back of an area to front, and in “slices,” moving in one direction around the room, with the floor as the last. “By starting high in an area, all the grime will fall down onto those that you have not cleaned,” Dougherty says.
To ascertain your “slices,” she recommends walking around your room and imagining areas no wider than your limbs stretched out from your figure or as specified by a piece of furniture or architectural detail. Then you clean everything in that slice carefully, thoroughly, and completely, working top to bottom, before moving on to the next slice.
“The simplicity of ‘the route’ is that once you finish a slice, you don’t have to think, you merely keep moving forward,” Dougherty responds. “What you are supposed to do now and what you need to do next is defined.”
Start with the most difficult stuff in the room.
“If you tackle the worst part first, then the rest will surely be a piece of cake,” Dougherty says. “In the kitchen, this is the slice that has the scope. In the lavatory, that is the shower. In other rooms, that is probably the ceiling fan or chandelier. You don’t want to spend two to three hours to tackle the range slice of the kitchen. You’ll possibly never finish and if you do the results will likely be dubious.”
Plan forward to relieve dust.
“Keep windows shut during high dust or pollen seasons and installed filters on air inputs in your residence,” McGee says. “Keep clutter to a minimum as it seems to raise dust. If you have light colored or non-shiny dark furniture, dust won’t accumulate any less. Nonetheless, it will be less pronounced!”
Brush your pets.
“This one practice will keep the pet hair in your house at a manageable degree, as well as generate much-appreciated attention to your pet,” remarks McGee. “A fine vacuum utilized regularly will prevent pet hair from your way. Sweeping with a broom simply won’t do.”
Clean and finish so everything shines.
Dougherty doesn’t consider a cleaning chore is finished until everything shines and sparkles. “When you ‘finish’ something, spray some vinegar and mop clean with a microfiber rag. This also applies to room doors, glass, all kitchen appliances, cabinet doors and porcelain fixtures.”
Clean the kitchen every day that you cook.
“Yes, I mentioned every day,” Dougherty adds. “But not the whole kitchen. You only need to clean the places that were often used and abused, like the top of the stove and counter on either side of the stove, the fridge handle and the sink. New kitchen grime is easy dirt to clean since it will harden into rocks as time pass by.”
Commit yourself into an objective.“While working, think of how good your rooms will feel to you when you are in them and they are clean and tidy,” McGee says. “Invite your friends over or plan a relaxing weekend at home in your recently cleaned house as a motivation to get it done and have something to look forward to.”
Don’t get overwhelmed.
“Do the basics to start,” McGee says. “After you manage to tackle the main items like kitchen, bath, and floors, start adding other areas to your regular routine little by little so it all eventually becomes manageable.”